Juts got the watch, wound it, worked then stoped, wound dead
I just got the watch as a present wound it, works ok but kept stopping after a few hours, now it wont work at all... wound it about 60 turns and wont start back up. Any ideas? There is no battery? The watch has been sitting in jewlery box for a few years.
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It could be that it needs cleaning. (When a watch is described as "automatic", it means that it is a mechanical spring driven type which needs to be worn constantly to keep it wound up; I assume that yours is one of these.)
Most makers recommend regular servicing at intervals of 2-3 years and as your is older than this, then perhaps it is time for a trip to their nearest service center.
Go to bulova.com to find your local service center.
Yes, the Movado is a self winder, and it was designed for the sports active wearer, of which the motion of the wearer's arm provides the power to keep the watch wound. Apparently you are not active enough for the watch to be fully wound, so when you take it off, it will use up all of the stored energy in the spring and stop. many self winders will only store enough energy for 8-12 hours of use and will require constant wearing. You could try wearing it to sleep and see if this is enough to keep it wound.
If you feel that this is not the case for your watch, then you may want to have it looked at by a watch maker
Your watch is an automatic type which means that it is a mechanical self winding watch powered by a spring. It is wound up by a weight that moves when you are walking about and this watch must be worn to keep it operating.
If not worn, these watches will stop in 2 -3 days because the spring has run down.
Some automatic watches can be wound using the crown wheel (winder) but if yours cannot be wound in this way, then swing it from side to side gently for a few minutes and the watch will wind up.
mcdevito75 here, Yes it is normal, especially if your Rolex is an automatic watch. The motion of your Wrist / Hand keeps your watch wound thru the Counter balance on the movement, as the counter balance turns it winds the mainspring little by little, thus keeping your watch wound. Once you take off your watch, if long enough the mainspring simply un-winds and slows and will eventually stop your watch completely. You can keep your Rolex wound even when you take it off by means of a watch winder, a small machine that will keep your watch in motion, or by hand, by rocking the watch back and firth in your hand for about 30 seconds, say before you gpo to bed at night, this way there is always some wind to your watch.
You have to wind the watch till it is fully wound (significant resistance should be felt). It doesn't matter how many times you wind it (1 or even 40) - what matters is the strength of the spring. Do as follows: At any time in the morning wind the watch up till you feel there is no more winding left (should be quite tough). Memorize the time you did it. Leave the watch (or wear it) till it stops completely. Count the hours your watch did work (from the time you wound it). Now you know exact power reserve for your watch. It is advised to wind the watch 2-3 hours before the power reserve is gone.
There can be hundereds of causes why your watch isn't working properly, so, I'll not name them.
One is clear- without help of skilled watchmaker your watch will NEVER work properly.
NOTE: It may sound very strange, but mechanical watches do NOT like to be left without job.
Next time you decide to leave mechanical watch aside for long time- do not forget to wind it up once in a 2-3 days even if you are not wearing it.
This will help to prolong watch movements life and keep timekeeping steady and accurate.
Stress won't affect your watch's timekeeping ability, but position
will. When you lay the watch down at night, in which position is it?
Also, during the day, is your arm in a static position for long periods
of time? A Rolex chronometer (like the Datejust) should run approx. 36
hours after being fully wound -- without any movement. If the watch
stops dead, then there is a problem with the movement and/or rotor. If
it losses time, I'd bet on a static position problem. Let me know the
answers to those questions and I'll try to help you get to the bottom
of the problem.
The Tag Heur repair center says an automatic watch must go through an "initiation" process. They recommend winding manually 40 revolution of the crown clockwise. You must wear an automatic watch at least eight hours per day. Repat the initiation if the watch is not worn for 20 hours or so.